Nintendo says eSports is a core part of their thought process in statement to investors

Thinking about what kind of reward make winners happy

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • November 13, 2017 at 5:32 p.m. PST | Comments: 27

Nintendo recently released an investor's report that revealed their interest in the eSports scene. Question 13 of the report asked about Nintendo's opinions of eSports and their "efforts going forward in relation to these activities."

In particular, they've noted that it has "been part of [their] core thinking in creating games at Nintendo, and [they] intend to continue creating games along these lines." It is pointed out that they are aware of the consumer interest surrounding the genre.

There is reason to believe that Nintendo are interested in pursuing ways of increasing their role in eSports. According to them, "they've been thinking a lot about quite what kind of reward would make winners happy" when they observed that champs tend to receive compensation.

So what games can Nintendo apply an eSports focus on? They have Splatoon, Arms, and Pokkén Tournament DX -- all games for their Switch console. This could certainly help develop the scenes for these titles.

As of right now, we have not gotten any official word on a new Super Smash Bros. title for the Switch. This would be the type of game that could be perfect as a leading title for Nintendo's eSports scene.

Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U was released on November 21, 2014. We're nearing the three year anniversary of its release.

For this title to suddenly develop an eSports scene directly supported by Nintendo in the same way that Capcom has a Capcom Cup, Bandai Namco has a Tekken Cup, and so on, certainly is a possibility. Future content and support has already ended, however.

You might recall how Liquid|HungryBox essentially called out Nintendo about their lack of support. Perhaps HungryBox will get the response that he was looking for -- he also talked about how the Smash community effectively built a scene on their own.

An eSports scene for Super Smash Bros. Melee is also a possibility that can be considered. While it is over 15 years old at this point, it has maintained a very strong competitive community.

Banner image source: Nintendo Switch reveal trailer.

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